States where CPR Training is Mandatory for High School Graduation

There is a growing trend as more and more states are recognizing that CPR is not only an extremely valuable skill, but should also be made mandatory for students to learn before they can graduate from high school. There are bills in many states that are in various stages of implementation. Bring the free CPR program to your school Want your school to take part in the Student CPR program? Submit Your School! United States High School CPR Map Here are states where it is currently mandatory:

  1. Alabama (Acts 1983, No. 83-510, p. 719, §§1-4.)
  2. Arkansas  (Act 1016 – Approved April 8, 2013)
  3. Georgia (SB 212, HB 217)
  4. Idaho (State DOE 08-0203-1306)
  5. Illinois (HB3724 – Approved May 21, 2014) *
  6. Indiana (HEA 1290 – Signed March 31, 2014) **
  7. Iowa (SF 2425 “Healthy Kids Act”)
  8. Louisiana (HB 542 – Signed June 6, 2014)
  9. Maryland (SB 503 “Breanna’s Law” – Signed April 14, 2014) ***
  10. Minnesota (HF 2506 – Signed April 23, 2012)
  11. Mississippi (HB 432 – Signed March 31, 2014)
  12. Nevada (AB 414 – Signed June 5, 2013) ****
  13. New Jersey (A 2072 – Approved August 20, 2014)
  14. North Carolina (HB 837 – Signed July 26, 2012)
  15. Oklahoma (HB 1378 “Dustin Rhodes and Lindsay Steed CPR Training Act”- Signed May 16, 2014)
  16. Rhode Island (SB 318, HB 5376 – Approved June 24, 2013)
  17. Tennessee (HB 2086 – Enacted in 2002; HB 1519, SB 1680 “Carmen Burnette Act of 2012″ – Signed March 13, 2012)
  18. Texas (HB 897 – Signed June 14, 2013)
  19. Utah (State DOE – Effective 2014-2015 school year)
  20. Vermont (S 245 – Approved May 16, 2012)
  21. Virginia (HB 2028, SB 986 – Approved March 18, 2013)
  22. Washington (HB 1556 – Approved May 8, 2013; Effective date July 28, 2013)
  23. Wisconsin (AB 725, more – Signed May 10, 2010; Effective beginning with 2011-2012 school year)

* In Illinois, schools are required to offer training, students are not required to take it.
** In Indiana, students are required to take the training, but schools can get waivers to opt out. (Indiana: We offer it for free, don’t opt out!)
*** In Maryland it may not be required to graduate high school. There are conflicting stories about this everywhere.
**** In Nevada, students must take the training, as long as funds are available. (Nevada: Let’s talk. Our training is free!)

Other recent CPR related laws.

  1. Arizona (SB 1337,  SB1162) *
  2. Colorado (HB 14-1276 – Signed May 16, 2014) **
  3. North Dakota (SB 2238 – Approved April 18, 2013) ***
  4. South Dakota (SB 145 P – SB 145 ENR – Signed March 14, 2014, SCR 7 **** – Hands-Only CPR)

* Senate Bill 1337 outlines regulations schools must follow if they provide CPR training, but it does not require schools to provide that training. It merely allows for it to occur.
** Colorado passed with a recommendation for CPR training, but training is not yet mandatory.
*** In North Dakota, state funding for CPR training is available, but training is not yet mandatory.
**** Although it may already mandatory in South Dakota, another bill would also allow for Hands-Only.

Known states where bills have been introduced (as of August 25, 2014):

  1. Delaware (HB 249 – for fall 2017)
  2. Hawaii (2013 Bill introduced. SCR 174, HCR 108 – Hands-Only CPR)
  3. Kentucky (HB 205 – Referred to Education)
  4. Michigan (HB 4272)
  5. New York (A 8232 – Referred to Committee on Education)
  6. Ohio (HB 580 – Would be effective July 1, 2015)
  7. Oregon (SB 275 – In committee upon adjournment.)
  8. Pennsylvania (SB 1074)
  9. South Carolina (H 3368, S 160)

States where we haven’t found any bills relating to CPR in High Schools. Or where there were bills, but were not passed and no new bills have yet been proposed. (Last updated August 25, 2014)

  1. Alaska
  2. California
  3. Connecticut (Attempt in 2013 to include certification for driver’s license failed. HB 6054)
  4. Florida (Attempt in 2013 failed. SB 302)
  5. Kansas
  6. Maine (Attempt in 2013 “Ought Not to Pass.” LD 709, SP 258, Vetoed.)
  7. Massachusetts (Bills, oddly, replaced by legislation for coaches only: S 1918. H 416, S 266)
  8. Missouri (HB 1337, “Placed on Informal Calendar – SCS/SS/SCS PENDING”)
  9. Montana
  10. Nebraska (LB 365, LR 512 indefinitely postponed)
  11. New Hampshire (HB 501 (2011 session) “Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV; HJ 26, PG.707″)
  12. New Mexico
  13. West Virginia
  14. Wyoming

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